Bull Session with the "Big Daddy"

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"Bull Session with the 'Big Daddy'"
Track by The Beach Boys
from the album The Beach Boys Today!
ReleasedMarch 8, 1965
GenreSpoken word
Length2:10 (album version) 22:12 (full version)
LabelCapitol
Producer(s)Brian Wilson

"Bull Session with the 'Big Daddy'" is the last track on the 1965 album The Beach Boys Today! by American rock band The Beach Boys. The track is one of the few spoken word tracks released on the band's studio albums, the others being "'Cassius' Love vs. 'Sonny' Wilson" from Shut Down Volume 2 and "Our Favorite Recording Sessions" from All Summer Long.

Background[edit]

The track is a recording of an informal interview of the Beach Boys by Earl Leaf. Al Jardine is not present during the interview, although the other four members are; also present is Brian Wilson's wife, Marilyn. Its runtime, which is 2 minutes and 10 seconds long, is only an excerpt from the interview which lasts 20 minutes and 12 seconds.[1] It is unreleased but has been made available through bootlegs.

Reception[edit]

Despite the glowing reception for the rest of The Beach Boys Today!, "Bull Session with the 'Big Daddy'" is largely regarded as filler. Scott Interrante of PopMatters described it as a "filler chatter track" and said that "over the two minutes, very little of substance is said, and one seriously questions why it was included at all," concluding that "I think we can all agree that the album would be better off without it."[2] Author Andrew Hickey described the track as "the most pointless thing in the band's discography."[3] Writer Keith Badman called the track "bizarre."[1]

Personnel[edit]

The Beach Boys
Additional staff

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Badman, Keith (2004). The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America's Greatest Band, on Stage and in the Studio.
  2. ^ Interrante, Scott (June 16, 2014). "'In the Back of My Mind'". popmatters.com.
  3. ^ Hickey, Andrew. The Beach Boys On CD vol 1: The 1960s.